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28 August 2020 20:44

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The new season starts just 34 days after the end of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign Community Shield: Arsenal v Liverpool Venue: Wembley Stadium, London Date: 29 August, 2020 Time: 16:30 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and follow on the BBC Sport website and app, plus watch highlights on MOTD on BBC One from 22:20 BST Saturday's Community Shield will kick off "one of the most intense seasons" for Premier League champions Liverpool, says manager Jurgen Klopp. The traditional Wembley season opener, against FA Cup winners Arsenal, comes just 34 days after the end of the extended league season. "Would I want to play a proper game after two weeks' preparation? Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a championship last month, finishing a massive 43 points above FA Cup winners Arsenal. Ibrahmovic & Shevchenko - Eight Community Shield debut goals The Gunners have had even less time off - their FA Cup win came just four weeks ago - and Klopp expects both sides to go all out for a win.

"For us, like Arsenal, we prepare for a whole season - one of the most intense, probably, we have ever experienced in our lives because of the amount of games and the time we have for that," he said. "It's as perfect as we can be and we will try everything to win the game and Arsenal will do the same." This year, the women's game will also be played at Wembley, with a 12:30 BST kick-off live on BBC One. It is the first time the Football Association has held back-to-back Community Shield matches and it will be the first time the women's contest takes place at Wembley. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is back in training after a knee injury and could start, with defender William Saliba expected to make his debut. The yawning void between the Champions League final last Sunday and the Community Shield on Saturday. But now, like the first drop of rain on a puddle, a nation starved of football for all of 138 hours can finally gorge itself.

Or, as the Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, so aptly put it this week: "We are ready to go. Six days after Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich brought down the curtain on the elongated 2019-20 campaign, Arsenal and Liverpool will step out at an empty Wembley to formally inaugurate the 2020-21 English season, after not so much an off-season as a barely visible seam between rolling campaigns, the perforated join separating two bin bags. Mikel Arteta expecting 'many more cases' of Covid-19 in Premier League Read more Of course, in many respects even this flimsiest of demarcations is largely arbitrary. Meanwhile, around 24 hours after Arsenal and Liverpool vacate the Wembley turf, Wolfsburg and Lyon will step out to contest the Women's Champions League final, the last major game of the 2019-20 season. And so Arsenal, 28 days after they beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup, and with only a handful of training sessions under their belts, will be back out there.

"Both teams will not be the finished articles," warned Liverpool's manager, Jürgen Klopp. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp does not expect his side to be at their best after only two weeks' training. For after the first of three autumn international breaks, the start of the Premier League on 12 September will usher the most brutally compressed season in living memory. The last five rounds of the Premier League will be played in 23 days. The Champions League and Europa League group stages will take place in consecutive weeks (breaking only for a three-game international week in November). Should Tottenham progress through their three rounds of Europa League qualifying and make next May's final in Gdansk, they could end up playing 67 games in 257 days in all competitions (some of them simultaneously). 'No chance' of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi, says Jürgen Klopp Read more There is, of course, a simple solution to all this. Yet the prospect of a half-fit Arsenal meeting a half-fit Liverpool at a deserted Wembley on Saturday merely brings its intractability into sharper focus. If the answer to fixture congestion is less football, then what is a meaningless ceremonial friendly still doing on the calendar? In short, why are we playing the Community Shield at all? Until the government put a lid on the idea, the day was conceived as a test event for returning fans to stadiums: a symbolic rebirth, with the men's fixture following the first Women's Community Shield since 2008. Yet while the women's part still feels vital, a welcome resumption of the domestic calendar for the first time since February, it will invariably be swamped by the usual talking points about William Saliba and whether Liverpool have invested heavily enough in the window. This is the founding principle of the modern footballing economy: everything must matter, all of the time. But if the Community Shield is not optional, then what other lucrative betting opportunities and potential streams of broadcast revenue might be? And so at 4.30pm BST on Saturday, in a game sponsored by McDonalds, Arsenal and Liverpool will play each other for the fourth time in 12 months (with another meeting scheduled for September), precipitating another new season with all its scrapes and thrills, its sweetness and its bitterness. English football's curtain-raiser explained Goal brings you all you need to know about one of the most highly anticipated moments in the national game's calendar When teams take to the pitch to battle it out for the Community Shield, it is a signal that the English football season is officially under way. While the prestige of winning the trophy may have worn off slightly in recent years, it remains one of the most important dates in the calendar and is a chance for players to play at 'The Home of Football'. Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Community Shield, including which teams qualify for it, where the game is played and the most successful clubs. What is the Community Shield? The Community Shield is a 'super cup' competition which serves as a traditional curtain-raiser for the English football season. It is a single-game, winner-takes-all affair and it is usually played around a week before the beginning of the Premier League and English Football League seasons. The first Community Shield was played in 1908, meaning it has been in existence for over a century. Proceeds from the game, such as ticket revenue and so forth are distributed among community initiatives related to football across. Which teams qualify for the Community Shield? The Community Shield is contested by the champions of the Premier League and the winners of the. In the event that the Premier League champions also win the FA Cup, the other place in the Community Shield goes to the league runner-up, rather than the cup's losing finallists. The Community Shield is similar to other 'super cup' competitions in Europe, such as the Supercoppa Italiana (winners versus winners) and the German Supercup (champions versus DFB Pokal winners). Where is the Community Shield played? Since 1974 the Community Shield has traditionally been played at the neutral venue of Wembley Stadium in London. Which team is the most successful in Community Shield history? are the most successful club in the history of the Community Shield, with a total of 21 trophies in their silverware cabinet. The Red Devils are well ahead of Arsenal and, who follow in terms of Community Shield triumphs. United also won the first Community Shield, beating Queens Park 4-0 in a replay after the first game finished 1-1. Is the Community Shield different to the Charity Shield? The Community Shield is the same competition as the Charity Shield, just under a different name. The name 'Charity Shield' was intended to reflect the fact that revenue from the game was distributed among charitable causes. That fundamental goal is still central to the competition and the new name 'Community Shield' encapsulates the fact that money is distributed to the English football community. Emma Hayes believes the first women's FA Community Shield in 12 years is a "fantastic way" to kick off the new domestic season after a five-month break. Chelsea take on Manchester City in the fixture, which will be played before the men's match at Wembley on Saturday, in the first domestic women's match since the League Cup final on February 29. "I think the fact that we have the opportunity to start the Community Shield live on television shows that we are working together to maximise the broadcast opportunities along with the commercial ones and I think that collective approach is one that has become the norm in the women's game." Kanu's performance in the 1999 Charity Shield saw him score from the spot to level, before setting up Ray Parlour's winning strike as came from behind to defeat at the Millennium Stadium. Kanu went on to have his most prolific campaign in English football in 1999/00, scoring 12 league strikes in 31 appearances.